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Pirates DFA John Axford, Jeanmar Gomez
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Pirates designated two relievers for assignment Saturday, removing pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez from the 40-man roster.

The moves clear spots for Justin Sellers, who was acquired via trade Saturday, and Charlie Morton, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Axford posted a 4.09 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 11 innings after being acquired in a trade from the Indians in mid-August. Gomez posted a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38:23 K:BB ratio in 62 innings.

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Pirates activate Charlie Morton from 60-day disabled list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Pirates activated pitcher Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list Saturday. Morton underwent hip surgery in late September after dealing with a sports hernia and could be a candidate to go back on the disabled list in the spring.

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Indians trade Justin Sellers to Pirates for cash considerations
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Indians have traded shortstop Justin Sellers to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Sellers went 3 for 16 in 17 appearances with the Indians this season. He hit .254/.307/.335 with three home runs, 40 RBI and three stolen bases in 355 at-bats with Triple-A Columbus as well. Sellers has the ability to fill a utility role for the Pirates, as he's played at least 10 games each at shortstop, second base, third base and left field over the last two years.

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Royals designated Liam Hendriks for assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Royals have designated pitcher Liam Hendriks for assignment. Hendriks posted a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23:7 K:BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings during the regular season.

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Phillies activate Mario Hollands from 60-day disabled list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Phillies have activated pitcher Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

Hollands suffered an elbow injury in early September and was ruled out for the season, but it was determined he didn't require surgery on his Game 2 flexor strain. He delivered a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances in 2014.

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Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day disabled list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Phillies have activated pitcher Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list. Lee is expected to begin a full throwing program in November and is on track to be ready for spring training.

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Giants will not start Madison Bumgarner on short rest
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Giants will not start Madison Bumgarner on short rest for Game 4.

Manager Bruce Bochy admitted he was considering giving Bumgarner the start prior to Game 3, but changed his mind following the game. Bumgarner has thrown a combined 256 innings between the regular season and the postseason, and there's a chance the team didn't want to push him any further, especially on short rest. San Francisco will throw Ryan Vogelsong, as originally planned.

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Royals RP Greg Holland shuts it down Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals closer Greg Holland did his job Friday against the Giants.

With his team up by one run, Holland was called upon to pick up the save. He had little trouble against San Francisco. Facing the heart of the team's order, Holland induced a flyout and two groundouts against Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence. He threw just eight pitches, five of which were strikes. 

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Giants' Michael Morse comes up big as pinch hitter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Michael Morse came up big as a pinch hitter Friday against the Royals.

Morse got his opportunity in the sixth inning and didn't disappoint. With a man on first, Morse worked an eight-pitch at-bat against Jeremy Guthrie. After starting out 0-2, Morse was able to work the count full. On the eighth pitch, Morse managed to double down the left field line, plating the team's first run of the contest. Morse was replaced by a pitcher in the top of the seventh.

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Royals' Alcides Escobar reaches twice in Game 3
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals infielder Alcides Escobar reached base twice Game 3 against the Giants. 

Escobar wound up playing a big role immediately, doubling in his first at-bat. He would come around to score later in the inning, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Escobar would strike again in the sixth inning. After a single, Escobar would score from first on an Alex Gordon double. Escobar went on to finish 2 for 4, with two runs scored.

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